Chapter 15

Do You Only Love People Who Love You Back?

Push Away

Matthew 5:46-47: “For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye?
Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only,
what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so


1. As believers, how does the Bible tell us we are to cope with difficult people?

2. Who benefits when we overcome our personal reservations, and just love others?

3. How can I reach out to my enemies in a way that shows love? (Romans 12:17-21)

4. In Matthew 25:35-36, Jesus gave us more down-to-earth suggestions for how we can show love to a stranger or our enemies.

5. In Matthew 5:39-42, Jesus proposed more practical ideas to demonstrate our love.

6. If we're serious about following Christ, we will show love in these ways because, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have ... (Matthew 25:40).

7. Ephesians 4:32 tells us to be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving and then gives us the best reason of all for doing this.  What is it? 

8. We are to love FIRST because ... (1 John 4:19)

9. When God isn’t in the picture, our ambitions become threats to those around us. Even in this scenario, Hebrews 13:1 says,
  When we love the person with whom we’re competing, we’re free from the weight always having to be the best, and free from the inability to rejoice in others’ victories.

10. When we show love to a “frenemy”, (today’s slang term for a person with whom we are friendly, despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry), sometimes we don’t see any change in his or her attitude.  It seems they are still telling us to just “get lost.”  It would be easy to lose heart, but Galatians 6:9 tells us not to give up because ...

11. Another contemporary saying we hear today is, “Keep your friends close, and your frenemies closer."  What would be the spiritual benefit of doing this?

12. In the next verse after our two questions, Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matt. 5:48). Jesus is not talking about moral perfection, as we won’t achieve moral perfection in this life. Jesus is actually talking about being perfect in love. How do we show “perfect love”? (I Cor. 13:4-7)
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